Schoolchildren said an African farewell to a member of staff as she prepared to set off to work for a charity in Uganda.

Youngsters at Bronte House School, in Apperley Bridge, held an African-inspired day last week as a final farewell for the school’s medical sister, Shirley Crawford.

Shirley, from Horsforth, has left Britain to live and work in Gulu, North Uganda, for the charity Children of Hope, which provides a home and cares for orphans.

Over the past few years, Shirley has spent time in Uganda in the school holidays – finally deciding that is where she needed to be.

She said: “I am privileged to have the opportunity to go and help these amazing children, and thanks to everyone for their support as I embark on this adventure.”

As a final farewell, youngsters came to school in African-inspired clothing and took part in African dancing as well as a drumming workshop to raise more than £600 for the charity.

A spokeswoman for Bronte House said: “Sister Crawford will be greatly missed by the school, but we know she will make such a huge difference to so many lives in Uganda. We send her with our love and support.”